Archive for year 2011

Popups coming for Android

Popups! We know you’ve been waiting to see them on your Android device. They’re coming soon!
The Best thing about popups? Popups enable you to access more information through Strong’s numbers, cross references, footnotes, and word definitions in the original language.
Bottom line: when you see anything different on your screen tap it—you might learn something new.

We’ve updated the interface for Android users!
Our new Android tablet interface is designed to make your Bible study experience seamless and intuitive…letting you focus on God and the Bible instead of technology.
Discover how in-app purchasing can expand your mobile Bible Study Library

We will soon be posting a public beta and hope to have the market release follow as soon as possible.
Make sure to let us know how these features enhanced your Bible Study experience!
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Click on the thumbnails below to see actual screen shots of the popups in action.

Tablet Cross Reference

Tablet Strong's Number with Notes open

Phone with Cross Reference Popup

Phone landscape with verse hyperlink popup

Next stop…Desiring God National Conference

Join us this weekend in Minneapolis for the Desiring God National Conference. Ian Fallon and Daniel Scott will be manning the Olive Tree booth and we’ll be giving a presentation at 6pm on Friday to give a practical demonstration. Please come by the booth and say hi!

Mac & PC Coming Soon

Please Note: Since this blog was written we have released both the Mac version and the PC version.

For over 12 years Olive Tree has dedicated it’s time and resources to providing premier Bible study tools to your mobile device. With the advent of the iPhone, Olive Tree quickly became a leader for Bible study in the app world. And the iPad…Olive Tree brought you one of the best looking and best study tools available on a tablet.

Now, after meeting everyone on their favorite mobile platform, Olive Tree is stepping it up once again.
This winter, Olive Tree is bringing you a desktop app for both Mac and PC!

Taking the concepts from our iPad and iPhone app, we are bringing a whole new experience to desktop Bible Software. Whether you just want to read with no distractions, study with the Resource Guide, take notes while you’re reading, or searching your library, you will find Olive Tree’s desktop app to be just as simple and beautiful to use as the app on your phone or tablet.

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Latest News, 1000 Products Now on Our Store

Our Content Formatting department has been working furiously the last few weeks and we are excited to announce that Olive Tree now has over 1000 products available on our website!

Featured Titles

NEW! The Boice Expositional Commentary Series

Combining careful scholarship and clear communication, the Boice Expositional Commentary Series is a verse-by-verse and section by section reading of various biblical texts. Combining thoughtful interpretation with contemporary insight for daily living, James Montgomery Boice explains the meaning of the text and relates the text’s concerns to the church, Christianity, and the world in which we live. Whether used for devotions, preaching, or teaching, this authoritative and thought-provoking series will appeal to a wide range of readers, from serious Bible students to the interested everyday Christian.

Over two and a half decades worth of scholarship, research and work went into this commentary series to present a 27-volume collection (or individual volumes) of excellent insight for the modern-day Christian lifestyle through over 26 books and letters of the Bible.

Contained within this complete bundle, you’ll find:

The Boice Expositional Commentary Series is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.

NEW! NIV Application Commentary Prophets Set

“This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.”-Billy Graham

“It takes more than interpretation of God’s Word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in preaching and teaching. Without it, we’ve missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing ‘doers of the Word.’”-Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church

Many Bible commentaries offer us an exciting tour through the ancient world of Biblical times. They give us a cultural backdrop and add new, wonderful layers of meaning to familiar stories and passages. But when the time comes to return to normal, everyday life, we are left disconnected from the memories of our trip-without the knowledge of practical, real-life application. This is where the NIV Application Commentary series picks up the task. It merges the original, ancient context with right now, showing us both how ancient readers would have read the Bible and how we can connect to this living word of God from a modern context. Most importantly, however, it helps us begin the life-changing process of true application, showing how God’s word can continue to have a powerful voice in our lives today.

The NIV Application Commentary uses a highly accessible, three-tiered method of bringing readers to a fuller understanding of each Biblical book. Original Meaning will explore a book’s meaning in light of its historical and cultural context. Bridging Contexts, as its name implies, will help the reader link the text’s original meaning to its Contemporary Significance-the final tier that helps you apply the Bible to everyday life.

Also available as individual volumes:

The NIV Application Commentary Prophets Set is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.

Updated! New American Commentary New Testament and Old Testament Sets

Collecting the best in contemporary evangelical scholarship in a series that examines the entire Bible in depth, the New American Commentary Sets currently offers 15 volumes of commentary on the New Testament and 23 volumes of the Old Testament. The volumes of these two sets are now also available individually – see below for links to the two sets.

The New American Commentary consistently supports the inerrancy of Scripture and contributing scholars all hold explicit commitments to Scripture’s infallibility. Its distinctive perspective is a focus on the theological ideas springing from Scripture. Along with the textual grounding of an expository commentary, the New American Commentary also focuses on the broader strokes of theology developed by each book, and interprets each book as a theological unity. Rooted in conservative theology, the New American Commentary also directly engages a wide range of theological and exegetical issues raised by contemporary biblical scholarship.

Based on the NIV Bible text, the New American Commentary offers a verse-by-verse analysis of the Scriptures. A mid-level commentary, its scholarship reflects comprehensive biblical research in original languages, but avoids overly-technical prose to maintain accessibility to readers without a seminary background.

Please note: The New Testament collection is now available at the special introductory price of $229.99, currently contains 15 of 19 volumes. The Old Testament collection is available at the special introductory price of $349.99 and currently contains 23 of 26 volumes. Not all volumes have been published. As volumes become available, they will be added to these products, and users who have already purchased either one of these products will be able to download the update with additional volumes for free.

The New American Commentary – New Testament Set and Old Testament Set is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.

NEW! The Gospel Commmission

Written with fifty years experience helping people in Africa know God through Bible study and acts of mercy, The Gospel Commission, by Michael Horton is a comprehensive, helpful, and encouraging exploration of Jesus’ final command to us.

During a time when many churches are focused on writing vision statements and strategic plans, Horton asks us if our efforts result in building a kingdom based on our own design or God’s. In this frank and hopeful resource, he challenges congregations to renew their understanding of and commitment to the Great Commission.

The Gospel Commission is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.

New Titles

The following are available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch only. Android coming soon!

Bundles & More New Titles!

New Bundles


NEW! Bible Study Toolkit

The Bible Study Toolkit is a collection of fifteen resources that will enhance your Bible study. Included are some of the most popular Bible translations, including the NIV. read more

NEW! Read and Study Collection


The Read & Study Collection is a great starting package containing several translations and study tools! It provides great Bible translations like the NIV, classic commentaries, dictionaries and devotions. read more

KJV Anniversary Collection


To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Authorized KJV, Olive Tree now offers the KJV Anniversary Collection, a package of resources to help you make the most of your Bible study. read more

Featured Titles

NEW! Quest Study Bible Notes: The Question and Answer Bible

The Quest Study Bible Notes answers your questions.

Over 7,000 notes shed textual, theological, and historical light on the Bible’s most puzzling passages. Nearly 350 articles by top scholars address some of the most popular and provocative questions asked by Christians and non-Christians. An article index and expanded subject index help you quickly find the answers you’re looking for.

The Quest question-and-answer Bible Notes are like no other: study Bible notes that assists your journey to the meaning and heart of the Scriptures with notes that answer the questions you’ve always had about the Bible.

Quest Study Bible Notes is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.

New! Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding the Bible

This resource will benefit everyone from the reader who has studied the Bible for years to someone who has just picked it up. The Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding the Bible features short summaries, timelines, maps and charts, quick details on the authors and purposes of books, and many other features that give the reader a solid grasp of the Bible’s overarching concepts.

Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding the Bible is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.


NEW! The Essential Bible Companion

The Essential Bible Companion gives you what it promises: the essentials. The most vital, absolutely indispensable information you need for reading and truly understanding God’s Word. Developed by two world-class Bible scholars, this unique, easy-to-use reference guide gives you clear, crisp insights into the Bible book by book.

From Genesis to Revelation, each book of the Bible has its key details laid out for you clearly and includes:

  • background information
  • timelines
  • important biblical characters

Striking a balance between too little and too much information, between the brief introductions provided in a Bible and the potentially overwhelming detail of a standard reference handbook, this well-designed, extremely helpful volume condenses the most important information in a highly visual, easy-to-understand format.

The Essential Bible Companion is a valuable resource for any Bible study. However you use it, this richly informative volume will assist you on your journey toward a well-grounded biblical faith.

The Essential Bible Companion is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android.

New Titles

The following are available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch only. Android coming soon!

Summer Outing

Last week everyone here at Olive Tree took a welcome break from our computers and we all headed out to Silverwood Theme Park for a family day. The time began with a great barbecue buffet, then a bit of fun with an icebreaker game, and then off to the roller coasters!  Here are a few pics of the event.

Olive Tree Summer Family Fun

Great food!

People Bingo, fun icebreaker!

The rain even held off until we were all walking to our cars. We almost thought the water park had come up with a new attraction.

The Heavens opened up and let loose

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